For this weeks trip review article I want to investigate a question that has become pretty important now in the days of FP+. Can I still have a great park day even if I don’t make it for park opening? In the old days of legacy Fastpass if you missed rope drop and that first chance to grab a Fastpass you were in a little trouble as those return times just kept creeping further and further away. I decided to investigate this on a summer day at the Magic Kingdom.
We arrived at the front gates of the park at 9:40 AM and getting into the park was a madhouse. The new turnstile-less system handles the crowds in a much better method than the older turnstile system so that is one big benefit. Despite the large crowds we were on Main Street in about five minutes. We took our time getting down Main Street and even did a little shopping in the Emporium as we were a little early for when I wanted to start our touring plan. We even spent a few minutes looking at the new fake grass areas in the redesigned hub.
After a little shopping, including picking up a shirt I had been eying, we headed towards our first FP+ location of the day, Peter Pan. The standby line was well over and hour by this time and the FP line even took us about ten minutes to get on the ride. After this we headed onto it’s a small world for a quick trip on the happiest cruise that ever sailed.
The line looks pretty long in the picture, but we were on in just about ten minutes. We then had an early lunch reservation at Be Our Guest at 11:00 AM, so by the time we got out of the always present boat backup at it’s a small world it was about time for lunch.
We spent about 40 minutes inside the restaurant for our quick service lunch and at 11:45 it was time for our next FP at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. The FP line was quick here and it was a fantastic ride as usual. We took a quick spin on the Carousel for our son before getting on our way to Frontierland. Here was a shot of Fantasyland right around noon as we were passing through.
While walking into Frontierland we saw Chip and Dale meeting guests and we jumped in line and only waited about five minutes to see them.
We then headed to use our next FP+ at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at 12:15. We had a great ride there and when we finished we headed over into Adventureland for a trip on Pirates of the Caribbean. This line took us about 15 minutes to get through without a FP, which was our longest line of the morning. This was all we had planned for the park this morning because when you take ten day trips like we do you can afford to do shorter and easier park trips like this. We also had a special dinner reservation we had to get rested up for before this evening.
Now, on my way out of the park I did stop at a kiosk that didn’t have a line and at that point of the day, around 12:45 we could have gotten a 4th FP for Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, or about any other ride in the park except for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Even after arriving around 10:00 AM we were still able to do six attractions, four of which were headliners, by about 12:30 PM and that included a 40 minute lunch stop. That’s a pretty good morning considering we missed rope drop. So, with all that said, due to the FP+ system you can still have a great morning in the Magic Kingdom even if you arrive after park opening as long as you have those FP+ reservations done in advance.
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